7 Items to Buy with Your Amex Platinum $50 Saks Credit
In July 2019 American Express added a fantastic new benefit to the Platinum Card from American Express. Just for holding the card, you will now receive an annual $100 credit to be used online or in-store at Saks Fifth Avenue. One $50 credit will be available from January through June & one will be available July through December each year of your card membership.
While Saks isn’t known as a thrifty place to do your shopping, there are plenty of fun travel items worthy of your $50 credit. In this post, I will walk through just how to get the credit, and how to make the most of it after you receive it.
How to Get the Saks Fifth Avenue Credit
To earn the Saks Fifth Avenue $50 credit twice each year, you must hold the personal version of the American Express Platinum card. The business version of the Platinum card does not offer a credit to use at Saks.
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Once you hold the card, you will need to log into your American Express account and activate the credit. To do this, head to the benefits tab.
From here you will click to enroll in the benefit. Once enrolled, you can head to a Saks Fifth Avenue retail store or www.saksfifthavenue.com to spend your $50.
Thrifty Tip: Always make sure to first click through Ebates on your way to the Saks website. You will earn an additional 10% cash back on your purchase. That means if you spent $50 on your Amex Platinum card by first clicking through Ebates, you would come out $5 ahead after getting your credit from Amex and your cash back from Ebates.
Once you have taken these steps, you are ready to use your $50 credit. Below, are some of our favorite Saks items costing $50 or less.
Tumi Electronic Cord Pouch
I purchased this electronic cord pouch with my first $50 Saks credit when the benefit first launched. While $35 is expensive for what this is, it is a great option for your credit as I find it to be a perfect size for everything I need to carry during my travels and fits in my backpack perfectly.
S’well Stone Traveler Tumbler
Having a good water bottle for your travels is almost a necessity. Not only does it keep you hydrated on the go, but it also prevents you from buying overpriced bottles of water at the airport.
Grab the 20-ounce S’well Stone Traveler Tumbler for just $40. The bottle is triple-walled and designed for maximum insulation, leaving no condensation on the exterior. It will keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold for hours. Don’t like this specific bottle? There are lots of options to choose from under $50.
Graphic Image Leather Passport Cover
Protecting your passport during your travels is always a good idea. Being they are valid for ten years, damaging the document will ultimately cost you time and money. Grab this Graphic Image leather passport cover for only $63 before your next trip. While this item is more than the $50 Amex credit will cover, it will only be $6.70 after factoring in the 10% back from Ebates.
W&P Carry On Italian Spritz Cocktail Kit
While I would never pay $24 for these kits normally, they can make for a fun way to use your $50 Saks Fifth Avenue credit. Each TSA-compliant cocktail kit contains all the essentials you need to craft two sparkling spritz cocktails mid-flight, including a refreshing citrus cocktail syrup. Just add Prosecco (or other sparkling wine) and stir.
Saks Fifth Avenue Ultimate Mini Umbrella
I always travel with a small umbrella, as you just never know when you are going to need it. This mini umbrella from Saks is a great option. It is available in a handful of different colors and doesn’t take up much space when it isn’t fully deployed.
Tumi Delta Money Clip Card Case
This Tumi money clip card case features a money clip on one side and card slots on the other for easy access during your travels. At $60, it won’t be fully covered by your Amex credit, though it will come out to only $4 when you factor in the 10% back at Ebates.
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Moisture Treatment for Men
While $28 is a lot to pay for face lotion under normal circumstances, this Kiehl’s facial fuel moisture treatment for men is a great use of the Saks credit. I picked this up in January 2019 with my credit and it is a great way to fight jet lag after a long hall flight. Make sure to grab the TSA approved 2.5-ounce size.
The Saks credit offered on the Amex Platinum card is not reason enough to pick up the card. However, it is a nice benefit that Amex added without increasing the card’s annual fee. Of course, there are hundreds of items to use your credits on and these are just a few of my favorites.
Make sure to use yours up each year between January and June and again in July through December. The credit won’t roll over so you will lose it if left unused.
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